Futuremark announced on Friday that Acer Incorporated, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and SingTel-Optus have joined the Android arm of its Benchmark Development Program (BDP) to create a new 3DMark gaming benchmark for Android-based tablets and smartphones. This program gathers the input and expertise from leading hardware and technology manufacturers for creating industry standard benchmarks for performance measurement.
3DMark for Android is expected to be released later this year, and will measure gaming performance using graphics rendering, CPU and physics tests that will push OpenGL ES2.0 to the limit. The results from 3DMark for Android will be comparable to the results from the upcoming 3DMark for Windows which will also be released later this year.
"For more than ten years, we have worked with the world's leading PC hardware manufacturers to create 3DMark and PCMark," said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO. "As a result, Futuremark benchmarks are the industry standard for PC performance measurement used by hundreds of press publications and millions of end-users."
"As we bring 3DMark to Android, we are excited to expand our cooperation to include Acer, Intel, Qualcomm and SingTel-Optus, technology leaders who will bring unparalleled insight, experience and vision to the development of 3DMark for Android," Mäkinen added.
Other members adding their input to Futuremark's Benchmark Development Programs include AMD, HP, Imagination Technologies, Microsoft, Nvidia, Seagate, Samsung and many other world class companies. Currently Futuremark offers three BDPs within the overall Benchmark Development Program umbrella: 3DMark for Windows BDP, 3DMark for Android BDP, and PCMark BDP.
"As the leader in mobile GPU shipments last year with its Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm values impartial measurement of graphics performance," said Tim Leland, Director of Product Management at Qualcomm. "By joining the 3DMark for Android Benchmark Development Program, we』re glad to be working with Futuremark and the other members of the Program to help ensure that the resulting benchmarks are representative of future, real-world 3D graphics content for Android smartphones and tablets."
3DMark for Android is currently in development and is expected to be released later this year.